All posts by Susan Flynn

Susan Flynn

Susan Flynn

As managing editor for Connections, our members’ magazine, Susan Flynn interviews artists, writes features on exhibitions and politely reminds staff about deadlines. She worked for many years as a newspaper reporter and editor.

Brian White, Island Bride (detail), 2002. Steel, seashell composition marine epoxy, paint, jute, other materials. Peabody Essex Museum. Museum purchase. 2007 Peabody Essex Museum. Photo by Mark Sexton. On view at art gallery, Level 2.

What speaks to me

This piece first appeared in Connections, PEM’s member magazine, and is part of a series where our curators are asked to tell about a piece in the collection that intrigues …


Meet the Beest Wranglers

The job description marked a first for PEM – and probably also a last: Seeking motivated individuals with knowledge of engineering, interest in contemporary art, passion for working with people, …

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Gratitude for editors

My first experience with a real-life New England editor came in the summer of 1989 when I got an internship working as a reporter at a small daily newspaper in …

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Against the grain

When guests visit the Massachusetts home of Bob and Lillian Montalto Bohlen, they are invited to fill out a questionnaire to rank their Top 10 favorites within the couple’s art …


Assessing the landscape

“It’s a scary photo, isn’t it?” Jo Ractliffe asks a group of teens.  She notices a few have stopped to inspect an image of seven coveralls hanging by string from …


Thinking outside the box

Every time I spot the Bookmobile traveling the streets of Beverly, I feel grateful that it’s the city I call home. It’s something that speaks to the priorities of a …

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Movers, not shakers

Years ago, newly married and looking for inexpensive ways to furnish our apartment, I didn’t hesitate when a family member offered up her sectional. It was from Ethan Allen. The …

Gallery interpreter Sarah Bossert puts food out for the finches in an overturned cymbal. Photo by Kathy Tarantola/PEM.

Bird keepers

With three pet parrots in the family, Sarah Bossert feels quite comfortable around birds. She’s also a professional photographer who uses her feathered friends in studio work, so she understands …


A satisfying read

As a newspaper reporter for many years, I asked people what they thought — about everything and anything. Who do you like for mayor? How did the fire start? Why …